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Grandness

If you’ve heard of Shiner, Texas, you’ve probably heard of it because of beer*.

But there’s also quite a dramatic church. As I made my photos, I could hear murmured conversation from…somewhere. Maybe it was the priest and a parishioner or two. Or maybe it was the brother saints for whom the church is named. Or maybe the priest and the brother saints were discussing things that needed discussing. I’ll never know.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church
Shiner, Texas
photographed 11.24.2019

*In college, Shiner was the cheapest beer available. Since then, it’s reinvented itself, which is great, so now there are better reasons than “it’s really cheap” to purchase it. However, I am not sure I can get on board with their current offering of Shiner S’more Chocolate and Marshmallow Ale

His window was always open

If I were the parish priest, I’d keep the window open, too, to get that nice mountain air inside the church. Also, how cool is it to have a stained glass window that opens?

Nambé, New Mexico
photographed 9.1.2019

City in the sky: Cloud Gate

My favorite time to photograph the famous Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago is when the light and sky are just right and the edges of the sculpture blur into the sky. Like this.

Also: look! A person!

Chicago, Illinois
photographed 8.26.2019

Years of Dreaming

“Years of dreaming…will be climaxed Friday night with the staging of the first event in the city’s new, luxurious auditorium.”
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
March 25, 1956

“People of Lubbock voted by a narrow margin to ultimately have the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum demolished.”
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
May 6, 2018

And, like that, on a 526-vote margin, we voted to destroy two of our most recognizable buildings – buildings that held our collective memories of basketball games, rodeos, symphonies, circuses, monster truck pulls, pancake breakfasts, concerts, graduations, and so many other events, all of which helped define our community. And ourselves.

Not one thing in any of these photos exists any more. What will happen to our memories, now that these buildings are gone? Will they get stronger? Become larger than life? Become so faint we almost doubt the circus or the symphony ever even happened?

Where did our years of dreaming go?


Arcade – photographed June 12, 2018


Let’s do this – photographed June 12, 2018


First Aid Room – photographed June 12, 2018


Entry – photographed June 12, 2018


Arcade – photographed June 21, 2018


Concrete Windows – photographed June 21, 2018


Out of Order – photographed July 11, 2018


Additional Storage – photographed July 17, 2018


Rainy Day Doors – photographed August 18, 2018


Grid with lights and curtains – photographed September 10, 2018


Mirror, mirror – photographed September 10, 2018


House lights had dimmed – photographed September 10, 2018


Racks, room 201 – photographed September 13, 2018


Cleanliness – photographed September 13, 2018


At the lowest point – photographed September 17, 2018


Pipe Shadow – photographed September 18, 2018


Crow’s Nest View – photographed September 18, 2018


Stairs – photographed September 18, 2018


Stage – photographed September 24, 2018


Two kinds of sinks – photographed September 25, 2018


Chair and music stand – photographed September 26, 2018


Velvet, worn away – photographed September 26, 2018


Above it all – photographed September 26, 2018


Front of House – photographed November 11, 2018


Never to be repeated – photographed December 8, 2018


After the last rodeo – photographed April 7, 2019


You can see it all from here – photographed April 7, 2019


Marked for death – photographed April 27, 2019


Matched my mood – photographed May 3, 2019


Dome Down – photographed May 26, 2019

Toward the manor

A pastoral English scene – someone walking through a field toward a manor house.

(At least it seemed pastoral to me…)

Chastleton House
near Moreton-in-Marsh, England
photographed 6.3.2017

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